Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Lee Public Schools Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)

                         Lee Public Schools

Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)


Mission:  The mission of the M-SEPAC is to work by Communicating, Evaluating, Advising and Educating within the community for understanding of, respect for, and support of all children with special needs in the community.

Currently, Lee Public Schools does not have an active Special Education Parent Advisory Council.  Any parent of a Special Education Student enrolled in Lee Public Schools who is interested in taking on a leadership role, please contact Jennifer Norton, Special Education Director.


Lee Public Schools is in the process of submitting an Alternative Compliance Waiver to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in order to provide a series of district level parent training and participation events as an alternative to a district level Special Education Parent Advisory Council.  The link to the DESE advisory can be found here.  Anyone who would like to provide feedback regarding the waiver application can contact Jennifer Norton, Special Education Director.


Parent Workshops:

2020-2021 & 2021-2022

  1. January 20, 2021 6:30pm to 8:30pm Basic Rights: Understanding the IEP (Federation for Children with Special Needs Presentation) 

  2. TBD MCAS: Access & Achievement for Students with Disabilities (Federation for Children with Special Needs Presentation) 

  3. TBD Basic Rights Evaluation and Eligibility (Federation for Children with Special Needs Presentation) 

  4. TBD Turning Three Essentials (Federation for Children with Special Needs Presentation) 

  5. April 30, 2021 - SEPAC Interest Survey

About Lee SEPAC
Leadership Council Positions
Chair: "TBD"
Treasurer: "TBD"
Secretary: "TBD"
Members at Large: "TBD"

State Reviews:
One of the responsibilities of SEPAC is working with the district and participating in reviews and audits when the state agencies come in for regular reviews. The district is participating in Tiered Focus Monitoring throughout 2021.
 

Parent Resources

Below are links to resources our parents have found helpful.
The Federation for Children with Special Needs

Family Ties

The MA Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE)

The Massachusetts Autism Commission

Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress

The Center for Executive Function Skill Development is offering a series of workshops (click here).

  • (From their website): Executive function skills is a term used to describe difficulties associated with goal setting, carrying out organized steps and modifying a plan to complete a task successfully. These skills are important for learning from past experiences and applying the knowledge in new experiences. Attention, memory, impulse control, organization, planning, and hierarchical thinking problems often described by parents and teachers are the executive function difficulties that can interfere with an individual’s ability to benefit from some traditional speech-language therapy approaches.